University of Vermont,by Alicia Freese February 15, 2013 vtdigger.org University of Vermont President Tom Sullivan lifted a theme from President Obama’ s State of the Union speech, telling lawmakers Thursday that his top priority is improving the affordability and value of a college degree.‘ A smile came to me as I heard him [Obama] say that because those are exactly the same themes and very much a core part of our strategic action plan that I have begun to talk about here in Vermont during my first six months,’ said Sullivan, who took office as UVM’ s 26th president in July.University of Vermont President Tom Sullivan addresses the House Education Committee on Thursday. Photo by Alicia FreeseObama called on colleges to ‘ change the Higher Education Act so that affordability and value are included in determining which colleges receive certain types of federal aid.’ The president also unveiled a ‘ Race to the Top’ proposal that would distribute $1 billion to colleges that successfully contain their tuition costs.Sullivan reassured the House Education Committee that UVM is ahead of the curve in containing costs, and Vermont students, in particular, are shielded from the brunt of tuition hikes.The committee congratulated Sullivan for overseeing what will be the smallest uptick in UVM’ s tuition in 36 years ‘ an increase of 2.9 percent.Some 87 percent of Vermont students receive some financial assistance and 45 percent get a full ride, according to Sullivan. Half of the state’ s appropriation to UVM goes to financial aid for Vermont students.Sullivan also borrowed a mantra from Gov. Peter Shumlin ‘ high schools need to upgrade their math requirements to increase the number of Vermonters going on to higher education.But he strayed from Shumlin’ s educational emphasis in a key regard. Whereas the governor spent a good portion of his State of the State address talking about tailoring postsecondary education to meet the immediate workforce demands of Vermont employers, Sullivan delivered an impassioned plug for the liberal arts learning model.‘ One can hardly pick up a newspaper where there isn’ t someone being quoted, about our higher education system needs to do a better job of finding jobs for our kids. ‘¦ I think the focus shouldn’ t be on the first job.’‘ I think we need to focus on the balance of counseling students to take a major or minor ‘¦ in an area that excites them, that creates a yearning, a passion for learning. I think the better approach is to think about how can we create a curriculum that will increase the total student maturity, academically, socially, culturally,’ Sullivan said.‘ Yes we want our students to do well in the job market and to succeed ‘¦ but I think there is more balance in life than that. I think we also ought to be thinking about creating individuals who have great problem-solving skills, analytical skills, communication skills.’Sullivan also outlined several schemes for bringing new revenue to the university. He wants to expand master’ s programs for working professionals ‘ ‘ I see a big growth area in that and our deans are right now thinking of how to marshal new programs’ ‘ and he wants to continue to develop UVM’ s ‘ distance learning’ curriculum, bringing in more money through online courses.Sullivan, a veteran in higher education leadership, previously was senior vice president for academic affairs and provost at the University of Minnesota and is a nationally recognized authority on antitrust law and complex litigation, having authored 10 books and more than 50 articles.
NMDOT News:The New Mexico Department of Transportation would like the traveling public to be aware of changes to the current traffic pattern in the construction zone on N.M. 502 in Los Alamos.Effective Monday Aug. 3, 2020, N.M. 502 will be partially reopened to through traffic. There will be one lane open in each direction from Tewa Loop to DP Road. Access to local streets from Tewa Loop to Arroyo Lane will still be provided.Access to Central Avenue and 4th Street from N.M. 502 will be closed for construction of the roundabout. This closure is expected to last 8 weeks. Central Avenue and 4th Street can still be accessed via Knecht Street.Information is available at www.nmroads.com.
Following last week’s reports that DORIS Engineering’s recently set up division, dedicated to renewable energy, is starting its operations with floating offshore wind projects in France, the company told Offshore WIND that the works DORIS Renewables has been in charge of have already been completed. Namely, DORIS Renewables had been involved in EDF EN’s Provence Grand Large floating offshore wind project back in 2016 and the company has already completed its work there.For EDF EN’s project, DORIS provided technical assistance for the evaluation of the technical offers from floater’s contractors, Jérôme Iacovella, Head of the DORIS Renewables Business Unit, explained. The work encompassed the review of all technical documents provided by the competitors with particular focus on the following items: design robustness and viability, naval architecture, constructability, mooring system and installation.For Quadran’s EolMed floating offshore wind project, DORIS Renewables has been assisting the developer in preparing the scope of work for geotechnical and geophysical surveys and ensuring that its content suits the specific needs of the project, Iacovella said. The work encompassed the proper definition of the following items: methodologies, equipment, number of tests, instrumentation required, calibration method, survey grid, precision, documentation to be provided, laboratory tests, etc.“After a period of Contractors consultation and the reception of the technical proposal, DORIS has participated in the technical evaluation of the bids by providing neutral and independent review of the Contractors documents. This project ended in February 2017,” Jérôme Iacovella said.The initial article can be accessed HERE.Please note that hyperlinks are disabled on Offshore WIND Mobile.
The U.S. Navy has awarded Harris Corporation a five-year, $765 million ceiling, single-award IDIQ contract to provide tactical radios and ancillary devices to the Navy and Marine Corps.This new contract, which replaces a $300 million IDIQ contract that expired in August, enables the U.S. Navy to procure radios including the Harris AN/PRC-117G, AN/PRC-152A and the new AN/PRC-160 wideband HF radio, as well as peripheral attachments to support handheld, manpack, vehicular and base station mission needs. Additionally, the contract’s flexibility allows Harris to provide next-generation products as required.
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